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February Chit Chat

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September

LunaLady- Christina: 9/19, baby boy Rhyko

Bubbagirl- Becca: 9/24, baby girl

 

October

Gemini529- : 10/26, baby boy

LexiDrewMama- Jessica: 10/26, baby girl Alexia

Ajbaby- : 10/27, baby girl Emily Paige, 9:04 pm, 3 minutes before midwife got here, 6 lbs 4 oz and 19"

Meb2- Morgan: 10/27, baby boy Ezra Ryan was born at 6:46 PM after 2 hours and 46 minutes of labor

Berry987- Lindsey: 10/30, baby girl Stella Beatrix born at 4:16am

TTCChloeorConner- Nicole: 10/31 baby boy Conner Dean, 8lbs2oz. 20'' long. 6:14pm

 

Early November

Seraf- Sara: 11/1, baby boy Shay born in the car, 8lb14oz

Mal85- Mallory: 11/2, baby girl Greta

Juliensiss: 11/2 baby boy Landon Henry, 8am.  7 14 and 20.5 inches long

EonJourney- Nicole: 11/3, identical twin boys Ember Trail 5.7 oz and Roam Freely 5.6 oz

SoCaliMommy- Kami: 11/4 baby boy Harlan Drake,  6:48pm at 10lbs even 21 1/2"

Ablemec- Mishy: 11/7 baby boy

Autumnshades- Sonja: 11/7, baby boy Elijah Matthias, 6:25am, 6 lbs 10 oz, 20 inches long

1Love4Ever- : 11/9, baby boy Roger, 9lb 5oz, 22in

rhombus- April: 11/9, baby boy Ulysses

Lula's Mom- Kristi: 11/10 baby boy, 5:30 this morning

MrsKatie- Katie: 11/10, baby girl Catherine Anne was born at 1:21pm.  7lbs 10oz and 21 inches long. 

 

Mid November

Lula's Mom- Kristi: 11/11, baby boy Leonidas Ronan

Jill the Pill- Jill: 11/11, baby girl Audrey Catharine 6lbs 5oz 19 inches long

miriam_bat_avraham- Julie: 11/11, twin girls

TalkToMeNow- Amanda: 11/12, baby boy Jasper Conley, 12:42 pm,  8 lbs 11 oz.

Paigekitten- Katie: 11/12, baby girl Eowyn Jane, 6:09 pm, 8 lbs 3.9 oz, 21 inches

Caracol8- Michele: 11/12, baby boy Sebastian David, 1:52am, 8lbs 4ozs, 21in

FaithF- Faith: 11/13, baby girl Aria Rain, 3:06 am, 6 lb 7 oz.

KayPea- Kirsten: 11/13, baby boy Oren Edward Adams, 5:45pm, 9lbs 11oz, 21 in long, 15in head!

Chena4- : 11/14 baby girl, born in the car 9:47pm

Augustmom- : 11/14, baby boy Sean Bennett, 9.3oz

mommy2sage- Michelle: 11/15, baby boy Storm Noonday, 8:26pm, 9 pounds 6 ounces, 20.5 inches

LiLStar- Rachel: 11/16, baby boy Evan Curtis, 11 lbs, 15" head

Beccawprice- : 11/16, baby boy Theodore was 8 lb 6 oz, 21 in long

Xakana- : 11/16, baby girl Katarina Xylia, 11:42am, weighing 8lbs, 13oz, 20"

crazykittymomma- Sarah: 11/17, baby girl Anya Kathryn, 5:37am

Krystal323- Krystal: 11/18, baby boy Oliver Davis, UC

IwannaBanRN- Becky: 11/19, baby boy Levi Jaxon, 10:50am, UC

2011mama- MK: 11/19, baby boy, 2:17 a.m. , 9 lbs., 2 oz., 21 in

Keanusmomma- Rachel: 11/ , baby girl Juniper Willow

Mommy55- ML: 11/19, baby boy William Alan

 

Late November

mleh99- Emily: 11/21, baby girl Ella Lorraine, 8lbs 2oz, 18 1/2 inches

Mamabelle- Michelle: 11/22, baby girl Iris Elizabeth, 8lbs, 9oz and 20 inches long at 9:06am

Octanebeetle27- Wendy: 11/23, baby boy Jacob Bruce, 8lbs 8oz

Amanitamama- : 11/23, baby boy Alastair Corvus, 5:12am, unintentionally unassisted

mcacat- Catherine: 11/23, baby girl Margot Anne

meesh933- Michele: 11/24, baby boy Jack Lennox, 3:04 am, 9lb9oz

Code Name Mama- Dionna: 11/24, baby girl Ailia Genevieve, 4:15a.m.

jbk21- J: 11/24, baby boy Dylan Timothy born in the caul

Motivated Mama- Nina: 11/24, baby

dashley111- Ash:  11/24, baby girl Bettie Grey, 7:03pm, 7lbs15oz, 21"

birdhappy85- Joanie:  11/24, baby girl Sora Nina, 3:39pm, 7lb 6oz, 19-1/2 in long

BananaBreadGirl- : 11/24, baby boy Malachi

Jamie211- Jaime: 11/24, baby boy Jacob

Viriditas- Amy: 11/25, baby girl Evelyn, 7:54 PM, 8 lbs 10 oz, 21 1/2 inches

jasmin85- Jasmin: 11/28, baby boy, 8:36pm, 10lb 15oz

KaliShanti- Kali: 11/29, baby boy Enoch Noble Grandison , 8 lbs 7 oz. 21.25 in, 11:45pm

munchymum- : 11/29, baby girl Sylvie, 12:16 pm

 

December

abraisme- Abra: 12/1, baby girl Coralie Katherine, 8lbs1oz, 19.75", 2pm

musicmama08 - Crystal: 12/1, baby girl Clara Evelyn, 9 lbs

Jaimee: 12/3, baby boy Avery River, 6lbs14oz, 21", 4:21pm

Willsmomm- Brittney: 12/4, baby boy Clayton Isaac, 10:14 p.m.

MrsVyky- Vyky: 12/12, baby girl Olive, 5:09pm


Edited by Jaimee - 2/17/12 at 7:26am
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I realized that it made more sense to have our names up in birth order now so I copied the list from the birth story thread.  Some of the new comers aren't on this list.  I apologize... please post to add yourself again!  Happy February everyone!

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It's so funny looking at the dates now... Late pregnancy time moves so slow!! I remember when Katie had her baby, it seemed like weeks before I went into labor. Now I see they were born less than 48 hours apart. Lol.
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It's so funny looking at the dates now... Late pregnancy time moves so slow!! I remember when Katie had her baby, it seemed like weeks before I went into labor. Now I see they were born less than 48 hours apart. Lol.


 

I thought Jasper was WAY younger than KJ, too!  God that was an intense time.  When I think back on those final weeks/days of my pregnancy it feels like I was in an alternate reality.

 

DH's grandmother comes home tomorrow after visiting her/our family in CA for the past MONTH.  It's been absolute heaven without her here and I've been in a gnarly funk thinking about the fact that she's gonna be here again tomorrow.  Back to dreading my trips to the kitchen, secluding myself downstairs, feeling pissed off and anxious most of the time... ugh.  OK, gonna try and have a better attitude about this.  Her daughter (DH's aunt) is coming with her, and she, grandma, and DH are gonna sit down and discuss the fact that we're moving out.  Soon.  Every time the subject has been brought up in the past, grandma has shut down and refused to discuss it.  But it's time to get serious.  Hopefully once that conversation's been had, with some details discussed, DH and I can really hunker down and get the ball rolling.  We so desperately need our own place.  Being alone as a family the last month has brought that fact home on a whole new level.  We're over the moon happy when it's just the 3 of us, hanging out.  Even when we're tired, we're so happy.  I am not happy when I'm around his grandmother.  Any benefit there was to us in this situation (i.e., saving up money cause we're not paying rent) is just not worth it anymore.

 

OK, just rambling tonight, hope you're all doing well!

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Thanks for the new thread. I like the birth order arrangement.  

 

Not much going in this week. I'm working a lot and so is DP. We randomly got scheduled twice as much as normal in the same week. 

 

And we're trying to do taxes. 

 

Any of you SAHM know about one partner claiming the other as a dependent? 

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Thanks for the new thread. I like the birth order arrangement.  

 

Not much going in this week. I'm working a lot and so is DP. We randomly got scheduled twice as much as normal in the same week. 

 

And we're trying to do taxes. 

 

Any of you SAHM know about one partner claiming the other as a dependent? 


You can use this link to determine who you can claim: http://www.irs.gov/ita/article/0,,id=219895,00.html

I think you can claim her because you can't file jointly as spouses (right?). If you were married in the eyes of the federal gov, you couldn't claim her as a dependent. You would just get the standard spouse deduction.
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Thanks. It's complicated.  I read too much about it last night and it looks like she barely made too much for me to claim her.

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Katie- why does Grandma not want to talk about it?  Did she know it was a temporary arrangement?  Good luck!  

 

 

We're doing well here.  Anyone have favorite websites for toddler-age activities?  Educational ones are a bonus :-)  We're learning the alphabet.  He knows how to sing the alphabet song, so now I'm trying to teach him what the letters look like, what they sound like, etc.  Any tips?  He's also counting, so counting games/activities are great.  

We're experimenting with different sleep situations/positions at night.  Sometimes Dylan sleeps better on his belly, sometimes in the swaddle.  So I basically have to troubleshoot at each wake up time in the middle of the night.  Last night I *think* he slept in my arm from 2-6.  Not sure.  I didn't check the time. But from what I remember that may be what happened.  It's all a little foggy :-)

 

 

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We're doing well here.  Anyone have favorite websites for toddler-age activities?  Educational ones are a bonus :-)  We're learning the alphabet.  He knows how to sing the alphabet song, so now I'm trying to teach him what the letters look like, what they sound like, etc.  Any tips?  He's also counting, so counting games/activities are great. 

 


www.starfall.com.  It's awesome and free!

 

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I went back to work! It's been a major adjustment, but so far so good. Little Iris comes with me and has so far enjoyed being worn in the mei tai, bounced on my gaiam balance ball desk chair, and resting in her vibrating chair. My main concern this time of year is the various sicknesses going around, but while everybody loves to peek at baby, nobody has pushed to hold her. It takes a lot of organization to get dinners, outfits, and diapers organized for all of us, but in some ways it is nice to be back at my job. I hope all of you mamas & babies are staying healthy!

 

Also, I have never been overly sentimental, but this baby is kiiiillling me. She is starting to discover her hands and I want to scream and cry both with adoration and sadness about how quickly she will grow up. It freaks me out! Deep breathing is helping :)

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J, dd2 loves pbskids.org, even though I think she's a big old for it. She's always loved it. She even has a subscription to PBS Kids Play, which is $10 a month. It has really cool learning activities and it keeps up with your child's progress as they attempt and master skills. She also used to love the games at Peep and the Big Wide World.

Mamabelle, glad work is going well for you!

I have a question/ concern: I'm not sure Jasper is doing the age appropriate stuff. My baby app said something about "now that your baby has discovered his hands, he is starting to do xyz with them." It said this like he would have "discovered" his hands weeks ago. How would I know this? J doesn't really do anything with his. I mean, if something is super close, he'll hit it, but I think it's an accident. He doesn't put them in his mouth or anything. Also, he is nowhere near rolling over. He hates tummy time. Every single time I put him on his tummy, he just lays there flailing and crying until I turn him over. I try to only do it when he's in a really good mood and I lay there with him, but he hates it. He is also really chubby (I think he's around 15lbs) so not sure if that is a factor.

Anyway, he's definitely strong and he interacts well socially- cooing, laughing, following thing with his eyes. So, am I going to be carrying my big lump baby to college??
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Does he stare at his hands?  I think that means he "discovered" them.  D tries to pull his to his mouth, and can most of the time, but he doesn't really bat or grasp at things.  It will come, I assume.  I am not concerned.  I'm sure Jasper is totally normal :-)  There's a spectrum, so who knows what time frame your app is on, you know?  He still has a while before rolling over.  Babies don't usually roll until 4 months on average.  Have you tried putting him on his tummy with his chest up on the boppy?  He might like that more.  And put a mirror under him so he can look at himself.  He might like that!  

Owen was really chubby- 15 lbs at two months- and he didn't roll over until 4 months.  Maybe 3.5.  I forget.  Dylan is about the same size and he rolled at 7 weeks.  Each baby is so different.  

Does he seem to prefer looking to one side or the other?  Does he seem uncomfortable- arch his back, get really stiff?  Anything like that?  If you feel like he might need a chiro adjustment that might help with the tummy time.  He might really be uncomfortable.  Or he might just really hate it :-)  I think either way he is going to develop just fine.  We hardly ever put D on his belly- he's usually in the carrier or sitting in his bouncy chair hanging out with us.  shrug.gif

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Amanda, every baby is SO uniquely different.  Try not to worry!  My first two were on such opposite ends of the spectrum, I don't even waste my time reading the "your baby should be..."  crap.  My first rolled at 2 months, crawled at 4, walked at 6- but didnt coo or speak a word, was COMPLETELY silent, until almost 2 years old.  My second didn't move at all- she was a literal lump until about 6 months, when she started rolling over.  She also started talking insanely early.  Despite her lack of motor skills at a young age she is excelling in gifted programs at school and is a great gymnast.  Our babies are little!  They are barely adjusting to our world. 

 

Bettie also hates tummy time.  I think she has had it...maybe twice?  Im not going to force it.  If she hates it, she will compensate in some other way to work those muscles.  When she is on my chest and raises her head, I count it as exercise :P

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I want to add that even if a baby is "behind" at this age, they cannot possibly be too behind, right?  We can still count their ages in weeks!

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J... dd loves PBSKids, too, but when I allow her to navigate around on the site herself she just finds TV to watch like Angelina Ballerina or Caillou.  It's frustrating.  That's why I prefer Starfall, pretty much everything on there teaches her something.  But we didn't pay for anything extra so maybe that's where the good stuff is?

 

Amanda...  seriously, throw that app away.  If you look in the Dr. Sears Baby Book you'll see charts of what babies might be doing at different ages and rolling over is at like 4 months.  Dd didn't "discover" her fingers until she was around 3-4 months.  Ds1 found them at 2 months and Avery as well.  By that I mean they could control their hand well enough to get it in their mouth and use it to sooth themselves.  It's possible that dd "discovered" hers earlier than 4 months, but didn't use them for anything.  It's not like they are manipulating toys or anything!  Avery doesn't much care for tummy time either and will lay on his belly, sucking his hand until he cries.  Remember that all awake baby carrier time is tummy time, too. 

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Yeah we've been perusing PBSkids, but I want really educational stuff and it's hard to sort that out from the shows.  It's also tough to find age-appropriate stuff.  He can't manipulate the trackpad that well (he does better with the iPad) so the games on there are kind of pointless since I have to be there to do the activities for him.  They need a "sort by age" function, if you ask me :-)

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I'm so glad my baby isn't the only one who hates tummy time! It has been worrying me so much lately. greensad.gif She has very strong neck muscles from lying on our chests and holds her head up just fine, but I hardly ever do tummy time with her on the floor because she absolutely can't stand it... She starts crying so bad, I feel horrible! She's also not anywhere close to rolling over, so that had me concerned that our lack of tummy time with her might've stunted her in that way or something. It's good to know it's normal for a 10-week-old to not be rolling yet. *whew* Heck, we got her to lay flat on her back just 2 weeks ago, so she hasn't had much opportunity to roll anyway. She started seeming frustrated this week as if she wanted to be doing more activities, so DH suggested we set up the play mat w/ dangly toys that his mom bought Sora for Christmas. OMG I wish we had thought of that sooner! She LOVE LOVE LOVES it! I almost teared up when I saw how much fun she had batting at the toys and even squealing and cooing! One morning she played and fell right asleep on the mat, so we just laid a blanket over her to nap there. It was priceless. I wish the toys hung a little lower so she could pull them into her mouth because she attempted a few times but they're too high. I'm just so happy we have something more activity-wise for her to engage in now. She seems a lot happier. That's the first "toy" we've introduced her to. Is there much more that a baby at this age can play with? We just usually talk to her a lot, engage in babble with her, "dance" with her, read to her.... That's kind of the extent of it.

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Those activities are perfect, Joanie!  They LOVE babble and cooing.  Dylan just lights up when we engage with him.  It really gets their brain going, so keep it up ;-)  D just started laying on his activity mat too.  He loves it!   Once she starts grasping you can put things in her hand and she'll pull them to her mouth or learn how to shake them.  But that might not be for a few weeks :-)

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Do I remember right and you have an iPad?  Olivine pretty much only uses the iPad for her computer time.  It's so much easier for her to maneuver it and we can control what she does.  We have ours protected in a Otter Case, which is shock proof and water-resistant, it's like armor for the iPad.  My DH found a great program that filters YouTube videos called 'iTubeList'.  I control it so that she only watches phonics, Sesame Street or counting type videos.  We also have quite a few ABC toddler games that she plays.  While I do teach her some, the iPad games have really helped.  She's 27mo and knows the whole alphabet and all the phonics.  She does have a strong interest in the ABC's, which helps I'm sure.
 

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We're doing well here.  Anyone have favorite websites for toddler-age activities?  Educational ones are a bonus :-)  We're learning the alphabet.  He knows how to sing the alphabet song, so now I'm trying to teach him what the letters look like, what they sound like, etc.  Any tips?  He's also counting, so counting games/activities are great. 

 

 



 

Yeah, everyone else it right, there is such a huge variation of normal.  I'm sure that Jasper is fine.   My DD1 could sit up before she could roll over! 
 

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I have a question/ concern: I'm not sure Jasper is doing the age appropriate stuff. My baby app said something about "now that your baby has discovered his hands, he is starting to do xyz with them." It said this like he would have "discovered" his hands weeks ago. How would I know this? J doesn't really do anything with his. I mean, if something is super close, he'll hit it, but I think it's an accident. He doesn't put them in his mouth or anything. Also, he is nowhere near rolling over. He hates tummy time. Every single time I put him on his tummy, he just lays there flailing and crying until I turn him over. I try to only do it when he's in a really good mood and I lay there with him, but he hates it. He is also really chubby (I think he's around 15lbs) so not sure if that is a factor.
Anyway, he's definitely strong and he interacts well socially- cooing, laughing, following thing with his eyes. So, am I going to be carrying my big lump baby to college??


 

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Amanda, my Jasper (now 2.5) hated tummy time and Iris isn't too fond of it either. It's definitely a carefully timed activity (not immediately after feeding, in a good mood, not too tired, etc.), and doesn't last long.  We don't even do it every day. And by "discovered" her hands I mean that Iris hits her face with them and occasionally sticks them in her mouth (and sucks voraciously and noisily!). I agree with J that the tummy time on the boppy can be nice, I've been looking for a mirror. Some people stress it more than others, I doubt we'll be carrying our kids forever! Iris hasn't attempted a roll yet either, like J said, they're still pretty young.

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